Lyrics - Runrig: CD2

CD 2

1. Year Of The Flood

Can anyone explain
I shared your truth today
So far away the rains
And the ocean
I see your flower growing
I see your rivers flowing
I see your skies open
In the year of the flood

It’s coming clear as day
Like comets blazing trails
Through the shadows and the veils
All along the valley
In every sunrise spent
All our beginnings end
All our doves sent
For the hour of knowing

You may walk and you may run
You leave your footprints all around the sun
And every time the storm and the soul wars come
You just keep on walking
It’s been this way from the start
Everybody walking round with holes in the heart
Everybody holding up skies in the dark
As the stars keep falling

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2. The Old Boys

The old boys are leaving
Leaving one by one
Where young birds go flying
Spread your wings and run
But over the fields by the drystone walls
An eagle will come no more

Welcome were the headlands
St Valery behind
No medals worth wasting
On memories of sand
But sweet is the breeze over Raasay
The morning awaits you there

What kind of heroes
Here for us now
Stone leaders, stone preachers
Minnows on flow
But low hang the lights over viewfield
And this night will day see no more

The old boys are leaving
Leaving one by one
Where young birds go flying
Spread your wings and run
But over the fields by the drystone walls
This eagle will come no more

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3. Empty Glens
Looking out on all that's been
On all that is and all that's beyond time
I close my eyes in isolation

Here's where the word was sown
All that's grown and all that's passed like ghosts
Through the child to highland generations

Science breaking down the door
And all the hoardes go rushing through for more
All the thrills of the world, and all her idols

Here the water washed us clean
A deeper peace for all our keenest sins
Washed in these clear, clear crystal fountains

Now we walk in empty glens
Rushes blowing in the wind
A voice that's calling you again
To come back home

Where have they gone, where have they gone
Gone to illusion everyone
In the darkest heart, the pride of man
Will walk alone

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4. Gabriel's Sword

In the middle of the schoolyard
Where the bombs have lain to rest
There's a child in the darkness waiting

But the answers in the history books
Are slowly burning down
And the words that spell forgiveness
Wear a thorny crown

There is much that I have seen
In this world they say is free
That would make it almost seem untrue

Many times I've walked the line
Longing for the other side
The only thing that changed my mind was you

Gabriel's sword will pierce me no more
I'll let my spirit soar so high
Sure as it all comes
From the father to the son
We've got to learn to speak the truth to fly
And it's a beautiful sky

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5. Road Trip

Take heart: cheat the dark
Get driving with the lark
As cities sleep
Steal a march before the sun
It’s all philosophy
An open motorway
Chasing break of day
Somewhere on a border town
I’ve packed my ceilidh boots
I’ve got my “once was” looks
I’ve got my tubes and hooks
Reel, drogue, priest and bung
Throw away your fears
Peel away the years
I’ve seen too many leaves
Falling down
Unwind: touch the brine
Take some bread: break some wine
I can see the water line
Red below the Lewis sun
Where the ocean rolls
Aboard the ship of souls
The healing wind blows
So why crawl when we can run
Go find your other life
One road: steeper climbs
Where the river winds
Straight into the west
Fade away like rust
Vanish like the dust
‘Cause, baby, tramps like us were born with cianalas
Get free: Believe: Go real
Everything you ever need
Is waiting for you here
Get Free; Believe: Go real
Could this be the living glimpse
Of all that’s meant to be
‘Cause we’ll get old
Before this night is done
So get far away
So come with me
Everything you see
Is everything you need
Take a road trip
Go soul deep

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6. The Mighty Atlantic / Mara

The roll of the wind
As we sail across the water
The roll of the sea
As we're taken through the night
The dimming lamp of day
Leaves the crimson foam and spray
Across the face of the mighty Atlantic
In this cradle we found love
In our lifetimes we were broken
By the spirit we were turned
Here we touched the hope divine
And in the rapture and the charm
Came the tranquil and the calm
On the rage of the mighty Atlantic
Deepest grave, supreme deceiver
Brave new worlds and cursed emotion
Let your people go, bring me a saviour
White doves rise above the ocean
The brightness of the lights
As they stretch across the water
The excitement of the night
As we're carried through the seas
There's a welcome lies in store
The strongest arms I've ever known
In the homes of the mighty Atlantic
For the roll it is gentle
As the waves, they guide you over
Full new moon across the stern flag
Our different worlds in constant motion
The roll of the wind
As we sail across the waters
The roll of the sea
As we're taken through the night
I'm coming home it's late
And you know I just can't wait
For the shores of the mighty Atlantic
For the shores of the mighty Atlantic
For the shores of the mighty Atlantic

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7. Hearthammer

With the eyes of a child the wonder of it all
I used to search the stars at night and I felt so safe and small
Sweet sounds from a Merseytown and my nursery God

I wanted to ride with Yuri Gagarin as he circled all around my world
Hearthammer and I lose control
Hearthammer

Lying under the covers. Radio on
Settle down with Caroline as she sailed all summer long
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Mining Hearts of Gold

I think it was somewhere post Rubber Soul
Hearthammer and I lose control
Hearthammer
Hearthammer and I lose control
Hearthammer

There was the first caress
There were the Labour years
There was the man that walked the moon something I never really believed
The Di Stefano twists the Charlton goals

Now I'm still here with the eyes of a child the wonder never grows old
Hearthammer and I lose control
Hearthammer
Hearthammer and I lose control
Hearthammer
Hearthammer and I lose control
Hearthammer
The wonder never grows old

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8. Edge Of The World

All the homes on the globe are like the television in your eyes
A cross guarding your heart the living years a sacrifice
A shiver at the door in the night, clouds cross a black moonlight
Rushing on down to the sound of a turning world
There's a south by sou'westerly force eight coming in strong
Across the continental shelf from the cold grey Malin beyond

The need to keep control
The need to stand alone at the edge of the world
On the edge of the world
On the edge of the world

The adrenalin infrastructure bringing on it's troubles some more
All the laws of the jungle stranded on your latest shore
But the waves hold the healer force
The years disappear like a ghost
Somewhere out of the sight of the night and the light of day
Now civilisation groans and the news reel cries
Like a drowning man his life in front of his eyes
Oh the need to keep control
The need to bare the soul at the edge of the world

On the edge of the world
On the edge of the world
And the man from St. Kilda went over the cliff on a winter's day

On the edge of the world
On the edge of the world

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9. Pride of the Summer

I still hear the snares in the square
Colours ablaze in the evening
The air was still
Down the stormy hill
It's good to be young and daring

Beat the drum
Beat the drum
Like a heartbeat
Lonely and strong
Beat the drum
I still see the blood on the knees
The camans swing without warning
The lads in white
At the speed of light
It's good to be young and daring
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Across the bay I still hear the strains
The two step loud and Blairing
We walked hand in hand
To the accordian band
It's good to be young and daring

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She was the pride of the summer that year
She was my sweetheart, my lady
We walked the black rock
And we stopped by the loch
It's good to be young and daring

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10. Hearts Of Olden Glory

There's thunder clouds
Round the hometown bay
As I walk out
In the rain
Through the sepia showers
And the photoflood days

I caught a fleeting glimpse
Of life
And though the water's
Black as night
The colours of Scotland
Leave you young inside

There must be a place
Under the sun
Where hearts of olden glory
Grow young

There's a vision
Coming soon
Through the faith
That cleans your wound
Hearts of olden glory
Will be renewed

Down the glens
Where the headlands stand
I feel a healing
Through this land
A cross for a people
Like wind through your hands

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11. Ocean Road
I walked out, one morning fair
By the ocean road to linger there
And the sun was up, I saw the blue
But it night in my heart for you
And the turning wave filled my empty thoughts
With a homing power that washed a sea of loss
I saw my light, I held the flame
That we should take this road again
Still the ocean rolled round this smallest sphere
Through an endless void, to fade and disappear
Our fickle hearts sat down in time
For the fleeting beat of a last divide
One more, and I can see it all again
Like I was young
Strong in heart and dreams
Once more I’m staking all that’s real
Where the waters washed us clear
Soaring like a bird
Where do we go
Where do we go
On and over all we know
Where do we go
Where do we go

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12. Proterra

Proterra
As I walk along these shores
I am the history within
As I climb the mountainside
Breaking Eden again

Dark the day, dark the night
The warring dust, the morning tribe
Crushed by a million suns
Here the heart of you lies

Over land and sea
I'll come fighting for you
Over land and sea
A dawn is breaking before us

Proterra, take this hand
The open wound, the promised land
Breaking the waves, spread the oars
Cast our badge for the shore

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13. Every River

You ask me to believe in magic
Expect me to commit suicide of the heart
And you ask me to play this game without question
Raising the stakes on this shotgun roulette

Every river I try to cross
Every hill I try to climb
Every ocean I try to swim
Every road I try to find
All the ways of my life
I'd rather be with you
There's no way
Without you

But you came to me like the ways of children
Simple as breathing, easy as air
Now the years hold no fears, like the wind they pass over
Loved, forgiven, washed, saved

Every river I try to cross
Every hill I try to climb
Every ocean I try to swim
Every road I try to find
All the ways of my life
I'd rather be with you
There's no way
Without you

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14. Big Sky

The light is on me
All time is here
I'm going down to Clachan
To stem the rush of years
Big sky above me
Powerlines overhead
I get lifted up enraptured
I keep falling at your feet
I'm looking over colourfields
Past the white sands
And our human years
And it's all waiting here
Breaking the seed

It's coming again
Gathering the wind
Returning to claim a harvest

I'm lifted where I stand
On the never-ending land
I'm coming to a sense of home

Wind through the barley
Your early dream
A rising choir of birdsong
Your fields of summer green
It's all passing over
I've no complaints
We're just a row of unlit candles
Waiting at the gate of saints
I'm living on the borderline
Between the moment
And the shining miles
The far stretching stones
All the lines of the sown

It's coming again
Gathering the wind
Returning to claim a harvest

I'm lifted where I stand
On the never-ending land
I'm coming to a sense of home

The light of ancient shine
On your ordinary lives
We joyed went to the fires of harvest

So open up the land
Open up the sand
Returning again in Clachan

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15. Protect And Survive

The red hot sun burns up the hill
The winter's bride, the summer's king
I tramp these acres and I feel
Once upon a time
Then it seemed that everything
You saw and touched and felt was real
You turned the tap and you turned the wheel
Breathing free

Once in a lifetime
You live and love
Once in a lifetime
You die
Once in a moment
The sun goes down
Protect and survive

Now you search the open evening skies
Trace the memory in your eyes
For the prophet's hard rain and the deluge
Lie in tears around your door
Once there were trees and livestock here
A mother's love, the warnings clear
But you chose to turn away from fear
Breathing free

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Protect and survive
Protect and survive

Now there's a faceless cross on a distant hill
A wasted voice, a silent scream
Where the lovers love and the dreamers dream
You stand and dream alone
You took your sacrifice to the gods of war
Traded your children's lives for a mess of gold
And you beat your ploughshares into swords
Breathing free

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16. Skye

How can't you see
The wilderness growing free
Time wounded and scarred
Stroking away the years
It's hard to believe
But memories are old ghosts
Mountains of black and gold
Sunsets falling over the moor
Oh take me there

's na horo eile , horo bho
's na horo bho , hillean o
's na horo eille ho , Take me there !

You take your dream
You make life what you feel
Appearances lead to deceive
This drama so far from me

Destiny
On facts aching wings
Wild geese fly low over your shores
Hearts sailing over the trees

Oh take me there !
's na horo eile , horo bho
's na horo bho , hillean o
's na horo eille ho , Take me there !

Chi mi'n t-eilean uaine
Tir nam beanntann arda
Ceo a'tuiteam tron a'ghleann
Na shineadh air do raointeann

 

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